Course Title: Design and produce experimental textiles

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: VART5917C

Course Title: Design and produce experimental textiles

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9171

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Julia Raath  99259201

Nominal Hours: 120

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to apply manipulation processes to design and produce original and creative textiles.

To successfully complete this competency it is highly recommended that you complete LMTTD4010A Apply Manipulation techniques to Create Experimental Samples (VART 5910C)

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD5004A Design and produce experimental textiles


1.Develop original textile product design

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Requirements or parametres for design are identified and analysed
1.2 Research is conducted to generate design ideas
1.3 Ideas are explored using computer aided or other design tools and design concepts are developed and reviewed against requirements and with consideration of application, principles of design and elements of design
1.4 Design concept is selected and communication tools are used to present design concept to appropriate personnel for feedback.
1.5 Feedback is received and considered in line with design concepts
1.6 Design concept is modified and improved where possible.


2. Select, develop and plan manipulation process

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Appropriate materials and manipulation techniques to achieve desired effect are selected and materials are sourced.
2.2 Processes used to achieve different manipulations are described and technical aspects of production are identified
2.3 Specification sheet is completed to guide production
2.4 Calculations are undertaken as required to determine textile and material quantities
2.5 Tools and equipment required for production are selected and prepared.


3 Manipulate materials to produce experimental samples

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Workstation is set up according to specifications for work.
3.2 Textiles and materials to be manipulated are checked against quality standards.
3.2 Two and three-dimensional manipulation techniques are undertaken to achieve design effects for sample and according to OHS practices.
3.4 Material or process faults are identified and probably cause determined and addressed


4.Evaluate design and production processes.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Manipulated textile sample is assessed against design concept and specifications.
4.2 Design is analysed and evaluated to identify opportunities for improvement.
4.3 Manipulation techniques are evaluated to identify opportunities for improvement.
4.4 Modifications to design or process are explored using CAD or other design tools and communicated with appropriate personnel
4.5 Modifications and design are finalised and all processes and improvements are documented.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

This a practical studio based course. You will be introduced to a number of techniques and processes and will be  required to respond to two design briefs where you can apply creative and original design concepts using manipulation techniques to create different effects on fibres,

fabrics and other materials. Outcomes will be textile concepts to be used in the production of products such as garments, accessories, interior and exterior applications, commissioned objects, and
2-D and 3-D functional and non-functional objects.


Teaching Schedule

Week Starting Week Delivery Schedule                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
 Feb 81Introduction Course outlines and Assessment requirement. OHS 
  • Contemporary experimental textile practice : Research project 1 Wearables
  • Project Briefing-  Identify parametres
  • Trend  selected  and  Initial concept development explored - drawing photography, application, principles of design and elements of design.
  • Review Fibres and fabrics
Trend  and colour palette selected
Research concepts
152 Design development surface drawing markmaking CAD - Report on concept research

 Source materials

 223Surface  Buckle and burn  Pint room Possibilities’ manipulation’ exploration of material and properties to produce 3D outcome

Additive versus subtractive techniques
Lazer cutting Demonstration and training

 294Surface techniques and sampling Studio
 March 75Sampling  and presentation techniques Sample review and modifcations

 Semester break

24–30 March Mid-semester break*
25 March Good Friday public holiday

 287 28 March Easter Monday public holiday
29 March Easter Tuesday RMIT holiday
31 March Classes resume (Thursday)
 Prepare presentation finalise samples  Specification sheets
 288Project 1  Submission - Reflection and evaluation
 April 49 Introduction to Project 2 - Open discussion re evaluation of Project 1 
 1110Research and concept development 
 1811Design development and material  reseach - prepare resource and process 
 2512Sampling and studio 
 May 213 
 1615Presentation techniques labelling specifications 
 2316Group presentation and analysis - self  assessment 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Braddock and O’Mahony, Techno Textiles Revolutionary Fabrics for Fashion and Design, Thames and Hudson
Janet De Boer (ed) Dyeing for Fibres and Fabrics                                                                                          Lesley Cresswell, Textile Designers at the Cutting Edge, Forbes Publication
Nadine Kathe Monem, Contemporary Textiles Black Dog Publishing 2008
Annie Trevellian Bleach, Buckle and Burn, ANU Institute of the Arts
Kate Wells, Fabric Printing and Dyeing, Conran Octupus 1997                                                                   Textile View Magazine, Selvedge Magazine, International Textiles - other current journals and magazines.

William Myers, Bio Design, Thames and Hudson

sarah E Braddock and Jane Harris Digital Visions for Fashion & Textiles Thames and Hudson

Other Resources

Scissors, assorted fabrics, masking tape, tape measure, ruler, note books
Lab coats, fully covered, shoes, gloves, rags.

Overview of Assessment

Detailed course and assessment requirements and information will be made available to you first week of class. Specific details will be explained to you during scheduled classes.

Assessment tasks have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner.

Students will be awarded a graded assessment only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period on the first assessment attempt.

Units assessed as ‘not yet competent’ on a first assessment attempt and ‘competent’ on a second or subsequent attempt are to have results amended to competent but are not eligible for grading.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher.
All work must be submitted by the due date. Late submission will lead to penalties. 

Assessment Tasks


Detailed Project Briefs with information on the submission items and assessment breakdown will be provided in class sessions and on Blackboard

You willbe required to submit the follwing items  for each project

PROJECT ONE   Graded assessment 60% DUE WEEK 8

Visual Diary

  • Research
  • Design development

Technical File

  • Samples
  • documentation, reflection and analysis
  • specification sheets

Observational Checklist

  • OHS, studio set up


  • Selected samples on headers



Graded assessment 40% DUE WEEK 16


Visual Diary

  • Research
  • Design development

Technical File

  • Samples
  • Planning documentation, reflection and analysis
  • Specification sheets


Final constructed experiemental sample

Self Assessment




Assessment Matrix

ElementProject oneProject two


Other Information

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher/tutor/lecturer on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects. Student feedback at RMIT :;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Special consideration, appeals and discipline :;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

Late Submission of Assessment Work Penalties

A deduction of 5% per day on your final mark will be made for assessable work handed in or due for presentation, up to a period of 7 days beyond the due by date (including weekends and holiday periods).Partial or incomplete work handed in after the due by date will result in the entire final assessable work being downgraded using the 5% penalty per day rule.
Work that is handed in for assessment after day 7 without an approved Extension of Time Application, University Special Consideration or Disability Liaison Unit – “Equitable Assessment Form” in place will be awarded an NN grade and 0% mark.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism 

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic int
The following link provides important information on the following topics that relates to all courses:
• Student Feedback at RMIT
• Student Progress
• Special Consideration, appeals, and discipline
• Academic Integrity
• Student Progress Committee (SPC)
• Assessment Grades
• Classification of award

Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity :


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